Momus Spotlights: Charlie Powell

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

How did you become an actor?

I started acting at Newtown High School of the performing arts where I auditioned and was successfully accepted into their dance program in 2011. It was compulsory to do all three arts in school – Dance, Theatre and Music, therefore my first year of high school was my initial insight into acting class. During my first years of high school I was so involved pursuing the dream to become a professional dancer that I had no other interest in any other art forms. In my last couple of years I began to take summer and weekend classes at The National Institute Of Dramatic Arts as well as courses at Screenwise Australia,  I LOVED IT! I also really enjoy musical theatre and the overall thought of being a triple threat gave me lots of motivation. I began starting to rethink my career and dreams in my final year at school and it was then that I decided to audition for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

What was your first job?

My first paid job was technically modeling for Toys R Us, as my parents put both my brother and I into Child modeling at a young age. I started when I was two years old. If that doesn’t count I worked as a professional Cheerleader for The NRL Rugby League, I was a Cronulla Shark’s Mermaid.

What were you like during your childhood?

I was an extremely happy child that loved putting on a show for anyone and everyone who would watch. I loved the attention and my parents have told me that my favourite catchphrase was ‘Look at me…  look at me’ I was always craving the attention. I would always be performing for my parents or anyone that stepped into my home. Apart from that, I was a caring child, always looking out for my friends and being by their side when things got tough. I would always be the kid helping the sick kids or the kids that struggled with separation anxiety from their parents. I didn’t have a huge family growing up, but my immediate little family and I are super close. I am grateful for the many wonderful experiences that I had as a child because it has shaped me into the person I am today.

What type of roles do you go out for?

I usually go out for the girl next-door type, yoga instructor, surfer girl, social media influencer, and extroverted free spirit. I really enjoy comedic roles as well.

What are the differences between acting in Australia and America?

The biggest difference is the Australian Acting Industry is a lot smaller compared to America, less auditions, less jobs but less competition. Australia is so geographically far away from everyone and everything, we tend to lose many given opportunities that arise. The films that are produced in Australia are no doubt high quality but comparing to America, Australia isn’t able to access the high budget, wider resources and majority of A listed actors to join on. Another difference is signing with representation. The hardest obstacle that I had to overcome was securing representation out here in LA, it was very difficult and extremely competitive. Without an agent in Los Angeles, it’s near impossible to get anywhere. Finding Australian representation was simpler, less competitive and more people were interested. I would say this comes down to me being allowed to work legally, without the hiccup of visas etc.

Who would you want to work with in the future?

I would love to work with Reece Witherspoon either in one of her Hello Sunshine Productions or acting alongside her. She is such an amazingly talented individual that has so many values that I look up to.

Who is your favourite actor/actress?

My favourite actor right now is Charlie Hunnam, I loved his performance in The Gentleman. My favourite actress is Elizabeth Moss. Her performance in Handmaids Tale is outstanding, her nonverbal acting of emotions is truly incredible.

What is your favourite movie?

Shawshank Redemption right now. Im going through a ‘watch old great movies phase’. I know its not that old but it was made before I was born.

What is next for you?

Right now, I am on my way back to Sydney, Australia for the rest of the year due to COVID 19. I am actually very excited to return home and be surrounded by my family and friends that I have not seen since last year. I am in the process of signing with a new agent in Sydney to open up more work for myself whilst continuing to audition for Feature films and Commercials in Los Angeles, with my current manager Revenant Entertainment. My base will still be Los Angeles so I will be back!  I’m excited for the future

and continue to work hard to keep chasing my Hollywood dream.

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